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University Police at Cortland Investigating Racist and Antisemitic Graffiti on Cortland Campus


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On Tuesday, April 11th, racist and antisemitic graffiti were found inside a bathroom stall in Old Main on the SUNY Cortland Campus. The graffiti included the “n-word” and a swastika.

“SUNY Cortland condemns threats and symbols of hate in the strongest possible terms. The University Police Department has begun an investigation and will work with its partners in the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said in a statement to the SUNY Cortland Community.

Those responsible for the graffiti will be met with the most severe sanctions available, the school stated. Those will include criminal charges, and possibly expulsion from the school.

“Please know Cortland is committed to maintaining an environment where students, faculty, staff and all members of our community can safely pursue their dreams.” Bitterbaum additionally said in the statement.

SUNY Cortland does offer multiple resources available for those who do not feel safe, or need to report information or need to talk. Those resources include:

University Police Department: 911 (emergency) or 607-753-2111 (non-emergency). Bias Incident Reporting system offers an online form through which incidents can be reported with the option of anonymity.
Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office: 607-753-2263
Multicultural Life and Diversity Office: 607-753-2336
Counseling Center: 607-753-4728

University Police also ask individuals who would like to report information about this incident or other incidents may call UPD at 607-753-2111.

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